The Philadelphia Eagles have interviewed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s own Brian Kelly for their coaching vacancy, YouWager has learned.
Earlier this week Kelly met with the NFL team and there was mutual interest after the interview. Kelly left the country after meeting with the Philadelphia team and could not be reached for comment.
The 51 year-old coach worked with Notre Dame and lead the team to a 12-0 regular season and an appearance in the Discover BCS National Championship. Playing for their first national title since 1988, the Irish were routed by the Alabama Crimson Tide, 42-14, on Monday night.
The Eagles had been looking a replacement for longtime coach Andy Reid, who was fired one day after Philadelphia’s completed a disappointing 4-12 season.
Last weekend Kelly denied having any interest in an NFL coaching job, claiming that leaving the Fighting Irish “is not an option. I don’t even think about it.”
The Massachusetts native has steadily climbed the coaching ladder, from Division II Grand Valley State to Central Michigan to Cincinnati to Notre Dame, winning big at every stop along the way. The coach has a 28-11 record in three seasons with the Irish.
In 2012 Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick gave Kelly a two-year contract extension to keep him with the college football through the 2016 season.
Kelly was the third college coach the Eacgles has interviewed since firing Andy Reid on Dec. 31. Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Oregon’s Chip Kelly interviewed with Philadelphia
last week, however chose to stay at their schools.